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Martin Luther King Jr Day Celebration

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events

Saturday, January 19

8:30AM -12:30 PM: Songs from Freedom Soldiers – Music, Films, History and a Shared Meal 
Second Baptist Church - 5300 Baseline Rd.
Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Events will kick off at 9:00 with a presentation of Songs with Reflections from Freedom Soldiers. Music will be provided by the Colorado Heritage Community Mass Choir. Stories and films of Dr. King's speeches and interviews will be presented by the Boulder Chapter of the NAACP. A pancake breakfast and discussion will follow.

11 AM -4 PM: MLK Youth Day of Service – For and By Youth
Multiple Locations, sign up at
Youth ages 14 to 18 are invited to spend their day volunteering at a community-based organization during the 5th Annual Youth Day of Service, coordinated by the Youth Opportunities Advisory Board (YOAB). Pre-registration online is required for participation.

Monday, January 21

10 AM-5 PM: Films of Dr. King's speeches and interviews presented by the NAACP
St. John’s Episcopal Church - 1419 Pine St.
The Boulder Chapter of the NAACP will present films of Dr. King’s speeches and interviews and will facilitate informal discussion about the films.

11 AM-1 PM: Rally/March with Speakers and Music
St. John’s Episcopal Church - 1419 Pine St.
The celebration will continue with a rally/march organized by the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center. Interested community members should meet at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church to hear speakers and music and to participate in a march along Pearl Street, Broadway and Canyon Boulevard.

1-3 PM: Peers Building Justice Event – For and By Youth
St. John’s Episcopal Church - 1419 Pine St.
Following the rally/march, Peers Building Justice will host “Martin Luther King Day: A Racial Justice Conversation.” Attendees will explore themes of racial justice through graphic arts, research and poetry. This event is youth-led, and all members of the community are welcome.

3-5 PM: Showing Up for Racial Justice Workshop
St. John’s Episcopal Church - 1419 Pine St.
Presented by BSURJ (which stands for Boulder Showing Up for Racial Justice), this event will help participants better understand the ways in which systemic racism permeates our society and the many efforts in place to dismantle white supremacy in our institutions. Participants will leave with tools, ideas and connections so that they might affect the many institutions they interact with through their everyday lives.

3 PM:  Motus Theater Presents UndocuAmerica Performance and Media Project
The Dairy Arts Center - 2590 Walnut St.
Motus Theater will debut a new collection of professional autobiographical monologues as part of its UndocuAmerica Performance and Media Project. These monologues are written and performed by undocumented leaders in the community about the challenges facing them and their families. During the event, the monologues will be interwoven with iconic visuals representing each monologue, as well as acapella music. The performance will be followed by a talkback with the writers/performers.

3-5:30 PM: Dr. King - Remembering His Life, Renewing His Legacy
3 PM reception, 4-5:30 program for all ages about Dr. King
Glenn Miller Ballroom, UMC, CU Boulder Campus (corner of Broadway and Euclid)
This is a public and open gathering on the campus of CU Boulder to remember the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and encourage all people to live into his legacy. The event will feature the Hon. Gary Jackson as keynote speaker. A reception will be held from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. The all-ages program about Dr. King, which will include a gift for kids K-12, will begin at 4:00 p.m. This event is hosted by St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Office of Diversity, Excellence and Community Engagement (ODECE) at CU Boulder; Muslim Student Association; The Center for Western Civilization, Thought and Policy at CU (CWCTP); Graduate Christian Fellowship at CU; CU Boulder Hillel; Chabad Boulder; Lutheran Campus Ministry; Thomas Aquinas Catholic Campus Ministry; and Urban Intellectuals.

Sponsored by the City of Boulder Human Relations Commission and the Youth Opportunities Advisory Board.